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¡Un Año Agitado! 2016 Was a Whopper in Latin America, Too

A look back at AQ’s most read articles of 2016.
Manifestação em São Paulo
Agência Brasil Fotografias (flickr), March 13, 2016

In many ways, 2016 was a tumultuous year for Latin America. New leadership took root in Argentina on the promise of an economic break from the past; a drawn-out impeachment fight saw Brazil’s former President Dilma Rousseff removed from office less than two weeks after the Rio Olympics; and a simmering crisis in Venezuela still looks certain to roil the region in the months ahead.

Throughout, AQ sought to illuminate those challenges without losing sight of the people and ideas that give us cause for optimism about the region’s future. Our most popular stories of 2016 reflected that idea. From a set of profiles of the hemisphere’s most inspiring “corruption busters” to a plan for how Latin America could cut its murder rate in half, here are some of the most-read AQ stories of the year (and yes, the “House of Cards” quiz is there, too).


corruption busters

Introducing Latin America’s Top 5 “Corruption Busters”

From Mexico and Guatemala to Brazil and Argentina, the fight against corruption turned out to be one of Latin America's biggest points of conversation in 2016. In our first issue of the year, we profiled five of the region's notable "corruption busters" - prosecutors, politicians and others behind the historic region-wide crackdown.
Rio de Janeiro

Hey World, Let’s Cut Brazil Just a Little Slack

Coming amid intense criticism surrounding this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics, our editor-in-chief Brian Winter made the case for why – without papering over the country’s problems – the international community should credit Brazil’s worthwhile ambitions.
Muggah

Latin America Could Cut Its Murder Rate By 50 Percent. Here’s How.

Latin America and the Caribbean are often found on lists of the world’s most violent regions, and 2016 was no exception. In October, Robert Muggah and Nathalie Alvarado showed how innovative solutions to the region’s endemic violence are slowly starting to take hold.
Top 5

Venezuelans Lead List of AQ's Top 5 Latin American Academics

The news out of Venezuela in 2016 was seldom positive. But one of the great untold stories in the region is the vast number of talented Venezuelans, many of whom live abroad, who will hopefully be called upon one day to help put their marvelous country back together. Two of them were profiled in our recurring Top 5 feature.
Carstens

This Man Is Brilliant. So Why Doesn’t Mexico’s Economy Grow Faster?

On Dec. 1, Agustín Carstens announced he would be stepping down as the president of Mexico’s central bank. In the position since 2010, Carstens has earned acclaim for overseeing a period of remarkable stability in Mexico’s economy. Our editor-in-chief asked why that stability hasn’t translated to strong economic growth.
Brasilia

News Quiz: Did It Happen in Brazil or "House of Cards?"

And of course, the quiz. Our translation of Brazilian news-site Nexo's "House of Cards"-themed quiz was one of our most popular articles of 2016. Making sense of Brazilian politics over the past year was no easy task - clearly, a little levity went a long way.
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Any opinions expressed in this piece do not necessarily reflect those of Americas Quarterly or its publishers.